Coriander Cauliflower and Chickpeas


High in protein and fiber, this dish is light, yet warm and comforting.

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High in protein and fiber, and full of essential amino acids, this chickpea dish is light and simple, yet warm, aromatic and comforting. It’s a great way to utilize leftover coconut milk sitting in your fridge. The rice pairs with just about any vegetable and legume.

Recipe Type: Dinner
Author: Autumn Matli
Serves: 4


  • 4 teaspoons coconut oil, divided
  • ½ medium onion, diced
  • 2 teaspoons whole coriander seeds
  • 1 teaspoon minced ginger (½-inch piece)
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic (about 3 cloves)
  • 2 stalks lemongrass, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 teaspoon salt, divided, plus more to taste
  • 1¼ cups coconut milk, divided
  • 1 cup short-grain brown rice
  • 1 head cauliflower, cut into
  • bite-sized florets
  • 3 cups cooked chickpeas
  • ¼ cup chopped cilantro, more for garnish
  • 1 small Fresno chile (or other chile pepper), thinly sliced (optional)


  1. Heat oven to 400°. In a medium saucepan, heat 2 teaspoons coconut oil over medium heat. When oil has melted, add onion and stir to coat. Reduce heat to medium-low, and cook onion 8–10 minutes, until fragrant and translucent.
  2. While onion is cooking, place coriander in a small pan and toast over medium heat, 5–8 minutes, until fragrant and slightly browned; frequently shake pan to toast evenly. Remove from heat; transfer to a spice grinder or mortar and pestle, and grind.
  3. Add ginger, garlic, lemongrass, ½ teaspoon salt and half of ground coriander to onion mixture; stir to combine. Cook 2–3 minutes, until fragrant.
  4. Add 1 cup coconut milk and rice; stir and cover to cook over low heat 35–45 minutes, until liquid is absorbed and rice is creamy. Remove lemongrass.
  5. While rice is cooking, combine cauliflower and chickpeas on parchment-lined baking sheet. Drizzle with 2 teaspoons coconut oil, add remaining coriander and ½ teaspoon salt, and stir to coat. Roast in oven 35–45 minutes, or until browning; stir halfway through.
  6. Remove cauliflower and chickpeas from oven, and place in large sauté pan with
  7. ¼ cup coconut milk. Cook over medium-low heat 3–5 minutes, until combined. Stir in cilantro and salt, to taste.
  8. To serve, scoop rice on plates with a
  9. ½-cup measuring cup, and serve cauliflower mixture alongside. Garnish with cilantro and chile peppers.


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